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We Robot Conference: 1. Intellectual property

On April 8-9, Stanford Law School held the second annual robotics and law conference, We Robot. This year’s event focused on near-term policy issues in robotics and featured panels and papers by sch...
30 April 2013, by

Stopping the deployment of “killer robots” | Humans Rights Watch

In November last year, the Human Rights Watch released the "Losing Humanity" report (which we've already covered on Robohub). This report discussed the role of robots in armed conflict, summarized th...
23 April 2013, by

Robohub focus: Dealing with the ‘jobs’ question

For the next week, Robohub will host a special focus on robots and jobs, featuring original articles from leading experts in the fields of robotics and automation. The goal of the series is to explore...
15 April 2013, by

Commercial opportunities to create more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs when FAA opens airspace to UAS

AUVSI recently released a report titled The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently has heavy restrictions on...
12 April 2013, by

We Robot: Live coverage on robotics and the law

Updated April 9, 2013 | Check this post for our live coverage of the We Robot conference happening April 8-9 at Stanford Law School....
06 April 2013, by

Why driverless cars are ‘probably’ legal | The Atlantic Cities

The biggest roadblock facing a driverless world isn't necessarily technology, but legality. The question of who would be liable in the event of an accident — the human "driver," the car's owner, the...
01 April 2013, by


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The more Americans know about drones, the less they like them | Reason.com

In an influential 2011 article, "The Drone as Privacy Catalyst," law professor Ryan Calo predicted that the dystopian images that drones evoke could spur much-needed reforms to American privacy law. ...
27 March 2013, by

VLAB: Drones – The commercial era takes off, but breaking the law is going to blow-up in our faces

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending VLAB: Drones – The Commercial Era Takes Off at Stanford GSB. The event was truly fantastic and the panel was amazing. The moderator was Chris Anderson,...
26 March 2013, by

The future of drones in America: Law enforcement and privacy considerations

Last week the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary heard from witnesses Benjamin Miller, Amie Stepanovich, Michael Tosocano and Prof. Ryan Calo on “The Future of Drones in America: Law Enforcement...
25 March 2013, by

Senators told current laws may offer little shield against drones | New York Times

"There’s very little in American privacy law that wouldlimit the use of drones for surveillance,” said one witness, Ryan Calo, an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law....
25 March 2013, by

How will robots shape the future of warfare?

Updated March 17, 2013 | This month we've asked our experts to weigh in on the future of robotics in warfare, and the broadness of this topic has prompted some of our panelists to push back and reques...
15 March 2013, by

Mark Tilden on “How will robots shape the future of warfare?”

Robot machines have been shaping the future of war since the first siege engines appeared in ancient times (I like to think the Trojan Horse was motorized).  Now with technology significantly exten...
13 March 2013, by

Raffaello D’Andrea on “How will robots shape the future of warfare?”

How will robots shape the future of war?  I don’t know. I think that the more important question, however, is: what role should robots have in warfare? In my answer I have tried (as much as is h...
13 March 2013, by

Who’s liable when a driverless car crashes? | NPR

It's absolutely the case that after the first accident involving an automated vehicle, there will be an automated ambulance chaser following. - Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Informati...
12 March 2013, by

Giving rights to robots, with Kate Darling

Link to audio file (22:47) In this episode, we talk with Kate Darling from the MIT Media Lab, about giving rights to social robots. She tells us about a recent Pleo torture session she organized at...
08 March 2013, by

The death of search (or, My dysfunctional relationship with Siri)

This article looks at the arrival of systems such as Siri, Google Now, and Watson and claims that these systems are the search engines of the next decade because they mine intimate data.  Since they ...
06 March 2013, by







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